Homeschool Events List for October 12, 2013

More information about area events can be found at  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days
October 12-20
Receptions at area locations found here
Special Offers Include Discounts on NOOK®, Rosetta Stone, Books, Music, DVDs, Educational Toys & Games and More for Public, Private & Homeschool Educators “Appy Hour,” Common Core Book Presentations and Grant-Writing Workshops Among Presentation Topics at Events Nationwide
All Barnes & Noble stores and Barnes & ( will offer special discounts, promotions and giveaways for preK-12 educators and administrators.
Special offers include:
~25% off personal and classroom purchases
~10% off DVDs and music
~A $30 Barnes & Noble gift card with the purchase of NOOK® HD – limit two per educator
~A chance to win either a NOOK or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card (one winner per region)
~25% off Rosetta Stone Level 1 Language Sets
~A chance to win a Rosetta Stone Language Set in the language of their choice (one winner per region)
~Other prizes and giveaways, such as books, posters, pencils, educator guides, sticker sheets, activity kits, tote bags and more
As part of Educator Appreciation Days, all Barnes & Noble stores will host events focusing on a variety of educational topics, including “Appy Hour,” a presentation on the latest educational apps,  a Common Core book presentation, a bookfair open house, a grant writing workshop, NOOK in Education demonstrations, homeschooler receptions, and more.**
“We know how hard educators work to teach our children.  We also know they spend a lot of their own money to purchase books and materials for their classrooms,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Business Development, Barnes & Noble, Inc.  “That’s why we’re always searching for special offers on top of the 25% discount we provide during Educator Appreciation Days.  Thanks to a great partnership with Rosetta Stone, we’re thrilled to be able to offer educators a 25% discount on Rosetta Stone Level 1 Language Sets for the first time.  These sets are ideal for educators who want to enhance their own foreign language skills or for use in classrooms and language labs.”
>>> Educators must present a valid Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card to receive special discounts.  Normal exclusions apply.  Ask any bookseller for details.<<<
** Workshop topics will vary by store.

Halloween Fun at the Hacker Factory
October is Halloween Month at the Hacker Factory in St. Charles.  Learn to make incredible special costume effects through make up and prosthetics!  Design a scary (or funny) lawn decoration that can be used year after year!  All materials are provided.  Four class dates are scheduled with multiple activity choices offered each date so your kids will have lots of opportunities to try out their favorite activities.  They don’t have to miss a thing!
~Make a Giant Spider For Your Yard: This giant hairy spider has 3ft long legs and will look super scary in your yard. We will make it waterproof and reusable. Bring him out year after year. Suitable for all ages.
~Learn Special Effects Make Up: We will be making our own prosthetics and making them up to look like burns, disgusting scrapes and stitches. You will learn how to transform yourself into a battered and burned accident victim or a rotting zombie. Learn the how with us and then your imagination is the limit. Suitable for older kids, due to the scary nature of the injuries we are simulating and we will be using a microwave.
~Minecraft Halloween Costume: Do you love playing Minecraft? Well now you can be your favorite Minecraft character for Halloween. You will get to make a mask, a weapon and a torch that really lights up. You can choose one of the following masks: Minecraft Steve, Minecraft Zombie, Minecraft Creeper, Minecraft Enderman or a Minecraft Jack-O-Lantern! Then choose a sword or pick axe in your choice of diamond, gold or iron. Just let us know your choices ahead of time and we will have everything ready to go for you. Suitable for all ages
~Make a Hanging Life Size Skeleton: This skeleton will look great hanging in a tree or stuck on your house, posed to look like he is climbing it. Make one with us and when you go home make a whole family of them. Suitable for all ages.
Available class dates:  Thursday 10/17 (6 – 8 pm)
Saturday 10/19 (10 am – noon)
Thursday 10/24 (6 -8 pm)
Saturday 10/26 (10 am – noon)
Won’t you join us?  Sign Up at:

Gateway Center for Performing Arts
A new performing arts organization in St. Louis.  We wanted to let you and your homeschool families know about our fall classes that start October 22nd.  Below is information about our classes for grades K-12th:
Gateway Center for Performing Arts has opened enrollment for their inaugural Musical Theatre Performance session in Glendale!
Our initial programming, running October 22 – December 17th*, includes:
Mini Musical Theatre :  K-1st. $70
Tuesdays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Junior Musical Theatre Performance : 2nd-5th $95
Tuesdays 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Senior Musical Theatre Performance : 6th-12th $95
Tuesdays 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
*No Classes Tuesday, November 26th.
For full class descriptions and more, we welcome you to visit our website ( to learn more about GCPA and how we plan to shape  the St. Louis community through the performing arts.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (314) 635-8608 or email us at  Registration is now open!

Dittmer ArtBarn
Where art and artisan meet in the country
Studio and Farm Tour October 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Bring the family to tour the studio, interact with the animals, and join in special workshops maybe even watch a forging demonstration!
Dittmer ArtBarn will be offering year-round art and artisan classes. We believe in project based learning and use the farm environment as a background to create. Adults and kids will have fun creating using standard studio, natural and recycled materials. The animals play a large part of the learning as well, they provide hands-on, inspirational and willing subjects for your objects-de-art.
So what about this combination of art and farm life? Sound weird? I started thinking about the animals and the fact of our lovely ranch and my art passion, then started exploring how to share it with the community. Being from the city, I realize not everyone gets to have up-close and personal experiences with non-human personalities.
We’ll be offering computer art, lifedrawing, sculpture, felting and jewelry classes. ages: 10 – Adult
Feel free to call with any questions or to sign up:
Hope to see you there!
Kim Wilson
Dittmer ArtBarn at Moonstruck Farms
6420 Castle Rock Ln, Dittmer, MO 63023

Excellence In Mathematics Competition
I am coordinating the St. Louis area homeschooled students’ registration for the Excellence In Mathematics Competition at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park on Saturday, November 16, 2013.  The test is for students in grades 9 through 12.
Here are the details:
Date and Time:  November 16, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:  St. Louis Community College at Forest Park
•Team awards as well as individual awards
•Individual awards will be given to the top 10 students from each grade level in each division
•Team awards will be given to the top 5 teams at each grade level in each division
•Compete against high schools from all over the metro area
•Two scholarships will be awarded to the highest scoring seniors in each division
•Each team can consist of up to 10 students (teams are students all from one grade)
•A Texas Instruments calculator will be presented to one student from each grade based on a random drawing
•Team scores are determined by the 4 highest-scoring students on that team.
•NO calculators are allowed during the test.
•Copies of last year’s test and answers may be found at
If you would like to have one or more of your students participate, contact Mrs. Diehl for a registration form.
You will need to enclose a check for $7.00 per student to cover the entry fee for the contest.  I will send you a map of the campus and other details as I receive them.  Make sure that the form and check arrive to me no later than 10/31/13.   I need to send the information back to the organizers shortly thereafter, so I need the forms promptly. Forward this email to any other high-school level homeschoolers in the area that you think might want to participate.  Registrations will be on a first come first serve basis.  Since we are limited to sending ten students per grade level, the first ten students for each grade that I receive registrations and payments from will be the students who get to participate in the test.
If you have any questions, email me at or call me at 636-866-7259.
Thank you,
Sheri Diehl

Home School Football Is Coming To North County!
Informational Meeting
When: Friday, November 8th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Road, St. Peters, MO  63376
Bob Schembre – Phone #  1-314-807-6359
Due to the success of an inaugural 2013 season for the Southern St Louis County/Jefferson County homeschool tackle football team this Fall and increasing interest/support for a Northern team, we are having an informational meeting in November. Our intent is to determine the level of interest and feasibility of establishing a Northern team for 2014. Are you interested? Do you have kids who want to play? Please contact Bob at the above phone number for more information. We hope to see you there.

Mozingo Center for Creative Arts presents “Twelve Angry Jurors”
Synopsis: A trial is held and a jury must decide whether a boy is guilty or innocent. This one decision could lead to the boy’s death. The boy on trial is accused of murdering his father by stabbing him with a knife. It seems he “doesn’t stand a chance.” The evidence deos not stand in his favor. As simple conversations turn into arguments that turn into fights, as jurors’ personal prejudices become clear; biases and unreliable judgements cause them to skew reality, and ultimately realize that they hold a boy’s life in their hands…
Show Dates: Friday, Nov. 8th, 2013 at 7:30PM
Saturday, Nov. 9th, 2013 at 7:30PM
Venue: StoneBridge Community Church, 201 Meriwether Lewis Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri, 63368
Tickets are $10 and available to be purchased at the door, or online at the following links:
Facebook event:

Raptor Awareness Show
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
November 9
Learn about Native Birds of Prey through a demonstration and flight show. By the World Bird Sanctuary. Starts at 2 pm no admittance after the show begins. Free.

Penguin Ski Club
Back by popular demand!
It’s an unbelievable price and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For $119 each person receives a lift ticket, and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $149. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
NEW THIS YEAR: For an additional $10 per pass, ski or snowboard rental will be included each visit (once a week Mon-Thurs).
Joining the Penguins club this way is still less expensive than skiing twice without a pass and this is a fundraiser for the students of the Homelink Learning Center. In the past they have gone to Japan and England.
Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling. But the deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 13/14 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $119. You can also select the Friday only option for $149 if you want and add it to the cart and check out. Don’t forget to add ski rental. (There is sales tax, which about $8.00.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter the birthday of that guest. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at
If you still have questions, please email me at or call 636-273-9565. If needed, I will contact Hidden Valley for you. The season is crazy busy, and they want us to have one contact person for all our questions.

Garden Glow
November 23 to January 4
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
For the first time ever, hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate some of the Garden’s most iconic locations this winter at Garden Glow. Walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic, while traditional candlelight village displays will delight crowds of all ages.
Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday-Sunday evenings from November 23 to December 19.
Open nightly from December 20 to January 4. Exhibit closed December 24, 25 and 31.
~November 23 to December 19
Hours 5 to 9 p.m.
$16 adults (ages 13 and older)
$12 members
$10 children (ages 3 to 12)
$6 member children
~December 20 through January 4
Hours 5 to 10 p.m.
$18 adults (ages 13 and older)
$14 members
$10 children (ages 3 to 12)
$6 member children

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.